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Add find and Replace

Add find and replace. This is self explanatory. And I have no fucking clue why its not there. Never-mind, I remember, you're Microsoft.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Indeed: self explanatory. 'Replace all'-function would make things so much easier. Lack of this feature is a reason to leave OneNote.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Find and replace was the first powerful thing I learned back in the days....and OneNote doesn´t have it....Why?

      • Robert Bratton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I used to use the OneTastic plug-in for search and replace and other missing features in OneNote 2016, but Microsoft doesn't support plug-ins in OneNote for Windows 10.

        There are several mitigations for the comment that "search and replace is dangerous in OneNote": Default to only searching and replacing on the current page. Default to verifying each replacement. Provide Undo to correct accidental search and replaces.

      • Chris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I find it's much faster to just use "##" for tagging since I have hundreds of topics I'll use. Given the search feature doesn't respect the hashtag character, I'm now left with going through and replacing it with something it does (and underscore).

        For this reason alone, I've tried to move on to SimpleNote multiple times, if your web clipper weren't so **** good.

        My particular problem you could also solve with a better search, but this seems like a better place to start, as it *is* a basic feature one would expect out of the Office suite.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This among so many other basic features missing in Microsoft's recent software is incredibly aggravating. Get your shiznit together M$FT.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a unbelievable omission. Search and replace has been available since the 1970s.

      • Ann Weber commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There are 3 separate threads on this one topic and I chose to vote on this one since it had the highest vote count, not because of how it is worded.
        I find the "help" article today saying search for the words and then paste your new text over it. This is crazy. I haven't had to do that since the 90's or earlier.
        It should work the same way as find though, allowing me to replace all per sheet, section, section group, notebook, or all.
        PLEASE!!!!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        On my side i made a dictionary of tags to filter all my pages,

        See https://twitter.com/OneNoteC/status/967891987834826752

        So the manual method from Microsoft is just a stupid nightmare when you have hundreds of tags to replace manually

        See https://support.office.com/en-US/Article/Find-and-replace-text-in-notes-34b1f7f8-d327-40c5-8b0c-8419425ed68b?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

        I guess computing by Microsoft means users working in coal mines ???

      • David commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Painful. Seems unprofessional. How can you release an application that doesn't have this basic feature? In direct contradiction to Microsoft really trying to be considered a serious player in the space. Your product team should be ashamed of themselves

      • BRampe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Like most Microsoft apps, should support Ctrl+H for hotkey invocation.

      • NJ commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I use templates for employee on-boarding, server build checklists, etc. Templates need to be quickly updated using global find & replace (CTRL+H).

        I've impatiently waited for 14 years for this feature. In the meantime, I continue to use Evernote.

        Why won't you add this feature, OneNote team?

      • Nicole commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Try Onetastic for onenote, they have ton of macros, you can even use find and replace to change hyperlinks. Once you read this spread the word; too many of the uservoice complaints can be solved easily with onetastic.

      • Nicole commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Try the macros from onetastic, you can use search and replace, you can even search and replace hyperlinks. Onenote with onetastic is great.

      • Jonathan David Finch commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The only reason I got OneNote last week was because I assumed it might have some cool features that LibreOffice, MS Word, or OpenOffice lack. I thought it might make my work more productive.

        I've just decided to uninstall OneNote,
        when I discovered to my astonishment
        that OneNote lacks even the most basic features--
        viz., a Find & Replace option.

        What takes me 4 seconds, literally,
        in the free LibreOffice Writer
        takes me AT LEAST 20 seconds in OneNote
        (because I need to manually replace
        every instance of the name).
        I use Find & Replace multiple times a day,
        for multiple occurrences of names in a document.
        Therefore, it would be a tremendous WASTE OF TIME
        for me to use OneNote at all.

        If OneNote lacks even this basic feature,
        I'll just assume that it's not worth getting to know.

        It was nice downloading you, getting to know you for a few days,
        then uninstalling you.

        Sincerely,
        Jonathan

      • Tony Zahra-Newman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Agreed. As far as possible, ALL the Office modules should try for unity of commands & functions across modules, to minimize confusion & reduce the inter-module learning curves.

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